The panel was comprised of 65 esteemed legal leaders
On behalf of Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer and InHouse, we would like to thank our external Advisory Panel, who invested many hours reading the large volume of detailed submissions and casting their votes. PWC – The Official Ballot Accountants – also verified the score tallies.
The extensive and diverse panel of in-house and private practice judges ensures that all finalists’ submissions are scrutinized from multiple perspectives, and that true excellence, innovation, and quality are awarded.
“It is inspiring to read the many nominations and see the innovation and leadership taking place in the legal profession. Thank you for the opportunity,” said one Advisory Panel member.
“These were hard to judge, as there were so many qualified and impressive applications!” said another.
The panel was comprised of the following 65 esteemed private practice and in-house counsel leaders who dedicated their time to awarding excellence:
Dale H. Lastman, C.M., O.Ont., Goodmans LLP
Rustam Juma, Eckler Ltd.
Bindu Cudjoe, Laurentian Bank of Canada
Philippe Johnson, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Margot Spence, Destination Canada
Gerry Apostolatos, Langlois Lawyers LLP
Clifford Proudfoot, QC, Lawson Lundell LLP
Emmanuel Pressman, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Steven Zakem, Aird & Berlis LLP
Lisa Skakun, Coast Capital Savings
Lorne O'Reilly, Dow Chemical Canada ULC
Godyne Sibay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Noralee Bradley, QC, Nutrien
Poonam Puri, York University
Yonni Fushman, Aecon Group Inc.
Nizam Hasham, Canadian Pacific Railway
George Cooper, QC, Cox & Palmer
Jennifer Addison, EPCOR Utilities Inc.
Jeffrey Kay, QC, Farris LLP
Peter Feldberg, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Michael S. Slan, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
Kath Hammond, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Lilac Bosma, HSBC Bank Canada
Sunita Mahant, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Justin Kutyan, KPMG Law LLP
Indra Maharaj, MT>Align (LNG Canada)
Charles E. Hurdon, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Ren Bucholz, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Nathalie Rizcalla, Pelican International
Arif Ahmad, Re:Sound
Lydia Bugden, QC, Stewart McKelvey
Andrea Wood, TELUS
Lynn Korbak, Toromont Industries Ltd
Karrin Powys-Lybbe, Torys LLP
Jean-François Legault, VIA Rail Canada
Alexa Abiscott ApplyBoard Inc.
Melanie Schweizer, Bell Canada
Dominique Hussey, Bennett Jones LLP
Stephen Beney, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Bryson Stokes, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Sharon Haward-Laird, BMO Financial Group
John Murphy, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
Jacqueline Beckles, Department of Justice Canada
Peter Nguyen, Descartes Systems Group
Angela Nikolakakos, Fiera Capital Corporation
Benjamin Na, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Abigail Turner, Harper Grey LLP
Matthew Gottlieb, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
Tom Curry, Lenczner Slaght
Robert Piasentin, McMillan LLP
Olivier Chouc, Canadian National Railway Company
Blair McCreadie, Dentons Canada LLP
Robert Seidel, QC, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Shari Hosaki, HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin
Jeff Davis, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Michael Williams, Richardson Wealth Limited
Jeffrey Cohen, Torkin Manes LLP
James Kosa, WeirFoulds LLP
Michael Ladha, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Arun Krishnamurti, Google Canada
Kerry O’Reilly Wilks, TransAlta Corporation
Yola Ventresca, Lerners LLP
Tanya Rothe, D-Wave Systems Inc.
Mark T. Bennett, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Andrew McLaughlin, Major Drilling Group International Inc.